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Summoner's Rift Map

"The newest and most venerated battleground is known as Summoner's Rift. Traverse down on of three different paths in order to attack your enemy at their weakest point. Work with your allies to siege the enemy base and destroy their Nexus!"
— Summoner's Rift in-game description (Pre-client update)
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Summoner's Rift icon.png Summoner's Rift is the most popular Map for League of Legends icon.png League of Legends.

The map was given a graphical and technical update on May 23rd, 2012 and remade from scratch on November 12th, 2014. Seasonal updates would change parts of the map to incorporate new gameplay features.

Gameplay

Summoner's Rift Minimap

The objective of Summoner's Rift is simple – destroy the enemy nexus. In order to do this, champions must traverse down one of three different paths (or lanes) in order to attack their enemy at their weakest points they can exploit. Both teams have their lanes defended by numerous turrets; each turret grows in strength the closer it gets to its respective nexus and each turret must be eliminated in order to gain access to the next turret in that lane. Cooperating with fellow summoners is an absolute requirement for success, as it is easy for a champion to find themselves ambushed by enemies in the lanes of the Rift.


Features

Fight Against Baron Nashor

  • Three lanes to fight your way to the enemy bas.
  • A forest populated by neutral monsters of varying degrees of toughness, the toughest of which provide buffs and/or gold for your whole team.
  • Powerful turrets defend key areas on the map. You must confront these in addition to your enemies if you are to make headway toward victory.
  • A map dividing river that lies in neutral territory, allowing for quick travel between lanes.
  • Two bases at opposite corners of the map, populated by a shop, a Nexus, two turrets to defend the nexus, two base gates that only let the base's allies pass through, and inhibitors that suppress the other team's minions.

Shopkeepers

Current
Removed

Summoner's Rift during its history had a total of four shopkeepers.

  • The first one was a Manbacon. This is an infamous race that is living in Runeterra. Manbacionians usually set up shops in a small pack and they also like to smoke.[1] He sold some standard starting items like the Doran's Blade Doran's Blade, the Doran's Ring Doran's Ring, the Doran's Shield Doran's Shield. He was selling his weaponry at both the Blue team and the Purple team bases.
  • The second shopkeeper was an elderly male Yordle with a cart pulled by an animal resembling a big cat or a rabbit of an unknown species (PBE data mining posted here revealed it to be a "yonkey"). He replaced Manbacon and he was also present for both the Blue and the Purple bases.
  • A pair of new shopkeepers replacing the previous vendor: in the Blue base there's an elderly female Yordle with a large animal resembling a Bantha from Star Wars and in the Red base there's an elderly male otter merchant attending his shop inside a large hot-air balloon that got punctured.

Elemental Rift

The third drake transforms the Rift before it spawns and after that, its element will be the only one to spawn for the remainder of the game. The transformation on the Rift occurs on the same areas, which are the dragon pit and the buff camps.

Chemtech Rift Chemtech Rift
  • Pollutes the map with chemtech gas, creating foggy zones around the camps for Greater Murk WolfSquare.png Murk Wolves and Red Brambleback Red Brambleback as well as eliminating the patches of brush near them, for a total of 12. Champions within these zones are empowered by Chemtech Fog buff.png Chemtech Fog, which grants them Ambush 2.png camouflage (900 detection radius) and up to 10% increased damage against enemies with 340 − 1020 (based on target's level) greater current health than them.
    • Champions cannot gain Chemtech Fog buff.png Chemtech Fog if they declared an attack, casted an ability, or Channeling icon.png channeled within the last 1.5 seconds, or are channeling.
Cloud Rift Cloud Rift
  • Air currents flow throughout the area near the camps for Blue Sentinel Blue Sentinel and Red Brambleback Red Brambleback, as well as the Dragon pit. These currents create speed zones that grant champions within 20% bonus movement speed, increased to 35% bonus movement speed while they are out of combat. 6 additional Scryer's Blooms Scryer's Blooms each spawn in front of both bases' gates and by the tri-brushes near the river.
Hextech Rift Hextech Rift
  • Industrializes the map with hextech technologies, summoning pairs of hex-gates within both teams' bases and near the pits for Baron Nashor Baron Nashor and Dragon Dragon, functioning as portals. Champions can interact with these gates to initiate Hexgate Warp, causing them to Channeling icon.png channel for 0.75 seconds. Upon completion, they Flash.png blink to the corresponding gate and become Hallucinate.png vanished for 2.25 seconds. Individual hex-gates cannot be used for 30 seconds after being activated.
    • The channel will be interrupted by taking damage, performing another action, as well as becoming Grounded icon.png grounded. If this occurs, the gate becomes disabled for 1.5 seconds.
    • The channel cannot be started while affected by Silence icon.png cast-inhibiting crowd control or Grounded icon.png ground.
    • The blink location can be chosen up to 500 units away from the gate, otherwise the location is in front of the gate. This location cannot be over terrain.
    • The corresponding gates for the hex-gates within each team's base cannot be interacted with.
    • Champions being transported through a hex-gate will be indicated by the portal.
    • The Untargetable icon.png untargetability gained from completing Hexgate Warp will not destroy inbound projectiles.
Infernal Rift Infernal Rift
  • Burns up the walls near the entrance of the Dragon pit and the patches of brush and sections of the walls surrounding the camps for Blue Sentinel Blue Sentinel and Red Brambleback Red Brambleback, opening up a pathway in their pits. 10 additional Blast Cones Blast Cones each spawn in front of both bases' gates, near the camps for Gromp Gromp and Greater Murk WolfSquare.png Murk Wolves, and within the alcoves.
Mountainous Rift Mountainous Rift
  • Triggers a seismic shift throughout the map, causing rock formations to emerge in each jungle quadrant as well as near the entrance of the Dragon pit.
Ocean Rift Ocean Rift
  • Sprouts life throughout the map, causing 6 patches of brush to grow larger and 12 puddles of water to form in the jungle. Two patches of brush grow near the Dragon pit. 4 additional Honeyfruit Honeyfruit each spawn near the middle lane and the camps for Red Brambleback Red Brambleback.


Versions

Winter Version

Snowdown Showdown Summoner's Rift

A variant of the regular Summoner's Rift with a winter seasonal variants, designed for the 2009 Snowdown Showdown event. This version was a permanent option before it was replaced with the Autumn Version in November 2010. It was also available during the 2010 Snowdown Showdown, replacing the Autumn version temporarily and made a return for the 2011 Snowdown Showdown in December 2011. An updated version was released for the 2016 Snowdown Showdown. The Winter Version of Summoner's Rift has a few differences:

  • A mostly white background, because of the snow.
  • Snow falling and covering the terrain.
  • The River is frozen.
  • Presents and Poros can be seen throughout the map.
  • Baron Nashor wears a Santa hat and earmuffs.

Autumn Version

Harrowing Summoner's Rift

The Autumn Version of Summoner's Rift was a special variant designed for the 2010 Harrowing Seasonal Event. It replaced the Winter Version as the secondary version available and renamed Autumn Version after a poll in November 2010. It was temporarily replaced again with the Winter Version for the 2010 Snowdown Showdown. The Autumn Version uses music from the Twisted Treeline.

  • There are coffins at bottom right area of the map. These signify the "death" (cancellation) of several champions.

Blood Moon Version

The Blood Moon Version of Summoner's Rift was a special variant designed for the 2017 Blood Moon Event.

Arcade Version

The Arcade Version of Summoner's Rift was a special variant designed for the August 2017 release of three Battle Boss skins.

Trivia

  • The Summoner Rift concepts are usually done before Riot make 3D in-game models. Sometimes they will make a concept, but it does not work in the game. Examples: The design is hard to click on; Or it does not fit the environment; Or it does not look like tanky enough; or look weak enough; The creatures have to look, in relation to each other; at the correct power level or defensive power level. An environment piece has to be visually appealing but not distracting to champions or effects. All the concept work is about trying to answer those questions. Does it work with gameplay? Does it fit the big picture? Art serves gameplay.
  • The distance from Blue Team Nexus Obelisk to Red Team Nexus Obelisk is 19000 units as measured with Caitlyn's Caitlyn's Ace in the Hole Ace in the Hole.
  • A Raptor, Forest chameleon, and Antlermice can be seen in Kog'Maw's Kog'Maw's classic splash art.
  • The stag symbol of the Protectorate looks similar to Braum's Braum's shield.
  • The owl symbol of the Magelords looks similar to the Porowl, a species of owls that live in Summoner's Rift.
  • Summoners Rift Shopkeepers will be getting their Voice-over in future game patches, similar to the Howling Abyss shopkeepers.
  • This map has ties with the Protectorate and Magelords showcased in Aatrox's Aatrox's retconed lore.
    • Later on the map was made part of the Marauder / Warden alternate universe which is closely connected to Protectorates and Magelords.

Summoner's Rift Map.gif
  • The general layout of two long lanes extending on the border of the map and a middle lane between them, each crossed by a river, was inspired by the fan-made mod Defense of the Ancients, popular map for Warcraft III of which once Steve 'Guinsoo' Feak was serving as the main designer.
  • The monster camps in this map were made to spawn everytime the same places since V1.0.0.96: before that, wolf camps and golem camps randomly alternated.
  • Urf's Urf's Ghost can be found in the halloween version near the top of the river (Top Lane) just to the right of the top most brush found in blue's jungle. He will even attack passing Warwicks Warwicks and either do 1 damage or pop his Banshee's Veil Banshee's Veil if the bubble is up on the Autumn version of the map.
  • Garena announced that the map will polished red (Be aware that news source is Turkish) within Play it Red event due to Garena Carnival for a limited period in Garena server in June 2014.
  • A Poro Poro will spawn in each of the bases if a Freljord champion is on the team.
  • On Summoner's Rift near the bottom Middle part of river, a duck has 10% chance of spawning at the beginning of the game. This duck's name is Karl.[2]
    • If five Pool Party skins (or Rumble in the Jungle Rumble in the Jungle or Singed) are present on the map, a yellow rubber duck will spawn on same place, as normal Duck, that, when stood on, explodes.
  • If five or more Bilgewater champions (or champions with Bilgewater skins) are present on the map, two sharks will spawn in the lower right corner of the map.
  • Numerous Helmet Bro helmets can been seen in various locations on the map:
  • Several Items that have been removed from the game can be seen on the map:
    • Two Emblems of Valor Emblems of Valor can be seen in one of the towers surrounding Summoner's Rift.
    • A Heart of Gold Heart of Gold can be seen in the Red Shopkeeper shop. The sign on the item use to say "sold".
    • Old Aegis of the Legion Aegis of the Legion shield can be seen in the Blue Shopkeeper shop.
    • A Philosopher's Stone Philosopher's Stone can be seen hanged up on a stone tablet at the south-west part of the map.
  • Old Baron Nashor Baron Nashor skull can been seen in the Baron pit.
  • A smiley face is a tribute to a smiley face that was present on the old map, which was also located on exactly the same spot, at the southern part of the map.
  • "The Sword in the Stone" at the north-east part of the map is a reference to Excalibur and to King Arthur's legend.
  • A random cogwheels can be seen on the eastern part of the map.
  • At the eastern entrance of the Red base, when first entering the map, a frog can be seen scurrying and falling to his death.
    • His official fandom name is "George, the Suicidal Frog".
  • A grave altar with a Golden Spatula profileicon.png gold spatula of Urf Urf is at the same location as his old grave on the Autumn map grave was.
  • Elder mage face can be seen carved on one of the tables on the map . It is a reference to the mage statues from the old Summoner's Rift map.
  • A Gromp Gromp statue can be seen at the north-east part of the map, near red teams Gromp.
  • Numerous rune writings can be seen carved on the walls and into the floors of both the Blue and Red bases, as well as around the map.
  • A stone wall carved with the Protectorate and Magelords around a crystal can be seen at the north east part of red teams lane. In the Beta version of the map, the wall had no carvings and it was cracked.
    • Aatrox's Aatrox's silhouette can be seen on the left side of the stone wall, as seen here.
  • While playing a game on Summoner's Rift Swain's Swain's flock of Ravens Ravens (depending on the skin it could also be Snow Owls, Macaws, Demon birds, or Dragons) can be seen around the map.
  • Many champions has been teased before their official reveal by temporary additions to the map:
  • Pyke Pyke gains Movement speed icon.png 1 bonus movement speed when traversing in the river.

Summoner's Rift map has been used for certain special, limited-time, featured game modes that circulate in and out.

  • During the Fall of 2013, Riot's first featured game mode was called One for All mode[3]
    • The mechanics were similar to Classic mode, with the only different being that all champions on each team are the same
    • This mode would later inspire the creation of the One for All: Mirrored mode
    • An Icon was to be given by playing this mode.
  • Between April 1 and April 13, 2014, Riot made Ultra Rapid Fire mode and since then this mode has been coming back each year for April Fools' Day[4]
    • An Icon was to be given by playing this mode in 2014 and 2015.
    • The mechanics were similar to Classic mode, with the added twist of the mode:
  • Between July 17 and July 27, 2014, Riot made Doom Bots mode.[5]
    • In this mode players fought against champions controlled by computer generated AI.
    • The Bots themselves got enhancements to their abilities and passives.
    • There were 3 levels of mode difficulty, with each level the bots would get considerably "cheaper".
    • An Icon was to be given by playing this mode.

Summoner's Rift Update

Retextured (left) and Original (right) Summoner's Rift

May 23, 2012 brought graphical and technical updates to Summoner's Rift. The updates brought players better aesthetics as well as improved overall graphical performance for players on lower settings. Some of the enhancements included:

  • Better game performance at low and mid spec.
  • Updated textures across Summoner's Rift.
  • Improved animations on many of the monsters, including the Ancient Golem, the Lizard Elder and, of course, Baron Nashor.
  • A new, animated shopkeeper to service all of your champion's item purchases.

Summoner's Rift Evolves

On November 12, 2014 a new update to Summoner's Rift went live for use on the Team Builder queue and all bot modes. Then in November 19 the updated Summoner's Rift was released for all queues, replacing the old one entirely. This time the update has been more heavier than the previous one, and the map was remade from scratch, changing the overall art style. From the minions, to the monsters, the structures, the decorations, the vegetation and even the music it was all completely remade. The new Summoner's Rift is in all respects a new map, made preserving the spirit and gameplay of the older Summoner's Rift. The new elements are:

General
  • A new handcrafted artistic style to Summoner's Rift.
  • Gameplay on the map is more readable than in the previous map. Making action the top priority on the screen rather than the environment.
  • Cleaned up a lot of the terrain (so that the widths of the visuals match the width of the mesh).
    • This is particularly noticeable in Red-side jungle.
  • Purple Team changed to Red Team.
  • Red base features an owl and mage motif with curved linear shapes. Blue base is inspired by a stag and paladin theme with blockier shapes. Both of the owl and stag sigils meet in middle lane.
  • Fog of war upgrade - fog is darker and the fade between fog and non-fog is now more abrupt/crisp (it's not a gradual fade).
  • General bug fixes.
  • Camera angle adjusted to be more similar to Howling Abyss (higher angled, less perspective).
    • This should make the difference between playing up and down less significant.
  • Large and Epic Jungle monsters now show their current health value above their health bar.
  • Bottom and top lane brushes are now centered between their respective towers (previously off-centered by ~450 units).
  • Ambient critters have been added in the map.
  • New minion and monster icons.
  • New Kill indicators on screen (including a hexakill indicator).
  • Updated look to minions, cannon minions and super minions.
    • Red minions wield axes while blue minions war hammers.
  • Two new shopkeepers for both of the Bases.
  • Each jungle quadrant has a unique theme. Blue buff jungle has a blue hue, while the Red jungle has a red hue. West jungle is more destroyed by the influence of Baron Nashor while the east one retains its more natural look.
  • New Summoner's Rift music.
Jungle

Check out some Summoner's Rift concept art!

By Riot ForScience[6]

Summoner's Rift has come a long way since League's launch in 2009, but our latest update to ol' trusty was the biggest change in the map's history.

While all updates go through iterations and testing, Summoner's Rift required a huge team of artists to concept and sketch out art for months before we started working in 3D. To celebrate the end of SR's beta run, we're releasing a few of the concept art pieces the environment team created, complete with notes and insights from the artists themselves.

SRU Concept Art Gallery

References

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